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LEO IV

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Originally appearing in Volume V16, Page 439 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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LEO IV., called CHOZAR, succeeded his father, Constantine V., as emperor of the East in 775. In 776 he associated his young son, Constantine, with himself in the empire, and suppressed a rising led by his five step-brothers which broke out as a result of this proceeding. Leo was largely under the influence of his wife Irene (q.v.), and when he died in 78o he left her as the guardian of his successor, Constantine VI.
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